Special Events, Conferences, and Symposiums

Acidified Foods Only - Better Process Control School

The Better Process Control School Acidified Foods Only course of the Institute for Food Safety and Health, (IFSH), IIT satisfies the training requirements of both FDA and USDA regulations to prevent foodborne illnesses and protect public health. In addition, the course helps participants understand the foundational why’s behind thermal processing of acidified foods as well as look at the basics of package integrity, teardown methods and regulatory needs.   This training program is required for processors of low-acid and acidified food manufacturers under the regulations 21 CFR 113, 21 CFR 114, and 9 CFR 431.

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October 24, 2019, Chicago Marriott Southwest, Burr Ridge, IL

FDA’s final rule “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” requires that preventive controls be verified to ensure that they are consistently and effectively implemented. Verification procedures frequently take on the form of environmental and product microbiological testing. Establishing a testing plan is resource intensive and may create concerns regarding expense, effectiveness, and potential liability. In this symposium, speakers from government, industry, and academia will address considerations of where to test, testing frequency, rapid methods, statistical process control, role of environmental testing, role of existing literature and predictive modeling for validation, and responses to findings. Case studies will be presented and attendees will be engaged in break out groups to discuss strategies in developing effective testing programs.

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Food waste and sustainability symposium

IFSH along with University of Wisconsin Food Research Institute, September 27, 2018
Burr Ridge Marriott
Burr Ridge, Chicago, Illinois
Food production needs to be a sustainable endeavor that considers environmental, social, and economic issues. Food waste works against sustainability in all three of these areas. The Food Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Institute for Food Safety and Health co-hosted "Food Waste and Sustainability: Strategies to Improve Food Safety, Food Security, and Nutrition". This symposium brought together representatives from industry, academia, and government to discuss ways in which food sustainability can be improved and food waste can be decreased without compromising food safety, food security, or nutrition. Sessions covered agricultural issues and solutions related to sustainability in food production, approaches to reducing food waste in manufacturing of various food products, and ways to minimize waste in retail and restaurant environments. Consumer and social issues related to sustainability and food waste were addressed. Additional presentations about the role of supply chain management, date labeling, and cold chain management in improving sustainability in the food supply and reducing waste were discussedNearly 60 industry, government and academic personnel attended the symposium.

Food Safety & High-Throughput Sequencing

An IFSH HTS Initiative's Palantir, May 30-31, 2018
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Burr Ridge, Illinois

In the past 15 years, High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) or Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has leaped forward and regenerated the word ‘Next’ many times over. In this symposium, we will hold a Palantir and look into the future of HTS in the field of food safety with a focus on its many applications to learn and catalogue, to monitor and control, to combat and modify foodborne microorganisms. The professionals from governmental agencies such as Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), as well as those of the food industry, tech companies and academia present the news and their views, the current state of affairs, including existing obstacles and possible solutions, with respect to the widespread use and implementation of the HTS technology in their organizations and their perspectives about its future.

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An IFT / IFSH Event, May 24-25, 2017
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Burr Ridge, Illinois

In this conference, researchers, subject matter experts, and stakeholders from government, academia, research institutions, food industry, food service groups and consumer/community groups will discuss the opportunities and issues associated with novel and nonthermal food processing technologies, research findings at various stages of the development chain, and showcase best practices in commercializing these technologies including key issues of food formulations, selection of the best fit processes and packaging for food manufacture, storage, and shipping of these innovative food products.

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Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for the Food Industry Where Are We at? Why Should We Care?

An IFSH Workshop, May 22-23, 2017
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Burr Ridge, Illinois

After nearly a decade, various governmental agencies that oversee and safeguard human and animal food  supplies have embraced whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology. In this symposium, we will hear the latest scientific advances, the current efforts to standardize methodologies between agencies, and their synergies and convergences in analytical methodologies and data interpretations. More importantly, we will hear from leading industry practitioners about the obstacles preventing the industry from embracing the WGS technology from an operational perspective.

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Whole Genome Sequencing For Food Safety Symposium

An IFSH Symposium, September 28-30, 2016
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Burr Ridge, Illinois

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has become the preferred method for reliably identifying a foodborne pathogen, finding its sources and implementing proper food safety control procedures. The IFSH Whole Genome Sequencing Symposium will gather leading experts to educate and promote WGS technology among food industry professionals. IFSH aspires to encourage communication and collaborations between government, academic and food industry stakeholders in order to implement cutting-edge methods of detection of foodborne microorganisms causing disease or food spoilage, to formulate rapid responses to any threat to food safety and quality risks.

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